The San Francisco Giants will be battling the Kansas City Royals today at the Royals ballpark, Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ. Game time is set for 12:05 pm PST. The Giants are in 4th place so far in the Cactus League, tied with Bay Area rivals, the Oakland Athletics. Both teams are sporting a 5-3 record in Spring Training. Not that any of it really matters anyway.
Speaking of Oakland, those ragamuffins over at Swingin’ A’s are at it again…this time with a rebuttal to Mark’s rebuttal, if you can follow that. They say:
Yes, we are all aware that the Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, mostly because their fan base never stops talking about it. How handy were those World Series patches that the team wore on their sleeves last season when their main goal late in the season was staying out of last place?
Those patches are handy enough to remind A’s fans that Billy Beane still hasn’t brought a World Series Championship to Oakland in his tenure as General Manager. But, I digress. We’ll save this argument for another day.
In case you missed it, Dr. Frank Jobe passed away on Thursday. If you’re wondering who he is, he’s just the man who created Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Shin-Soo Choo, Adam Wainwright, and San Francisco’s very own Tim Hudson, among others. Jay’s Journal stated his impact on the game of baseball in the best way possible.
As of the start of 2013, one third of the current pitchers underwent Tommy John surgery. Think about that for a second 33% of all pitchers in the Majors wouldn’t be pitching if it wasn’t for this surgery.
R.I.P. Dr. Jobe, and thank you for your contribution to the game we all love.